Where millennials haphazardly caked-on foundation in their youth, Gen Z had YouTube tutorials on how to contour. While millennial kids might have caught the news on TV before or after school, Gen Z has had access to constant updates since most of them could read. One of the biggest stories of their lives so far was characterized as a hashtag — #MeToo. It’s no wonder they’re looking for distractions.
I wish I’d lived in the Y2K Gen Z imagine. One where people have a social conscience and good fashion sense, where no one’s sexuality was a joke, and where celeb culture was just a fun merry-go-round of amazing gossip, with no social media fishbowl. But staring down another savage year, I can’t begrudge their more joyous, aesthetic twist on it. They’re going to have to save the world soon. Let them have whatever they need to soften the blow.